Friday, December 21, 2007
This is amazing! It's an electronic device that weighs less than a paperback book, but lets you carry over 200 books, newspapers, and blogs wherever you go. Also, you can download new books and newspapers using the wireless technology, and you don't have to be in range of a wi-fi signal. No subscriptions or contracts either! It would be really cool to have your bible, commentaries, and any other books you are currently reading in this device. You could simply pull them up at a moments notice. Click the link to view a video on this device. These are going to be huge!
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Wednesday, December 19, 2007
Anyway, tonight I'm posting something happier. First of all, my daughter (2 years old) got the opportunity to star in her first Christmas program! It was fantastic! Our church actually saw it's biggest attendance ever at 207, which breaks the previous record of 169 (they all came because of her, of course). We had a lot of fun watching the kids since they had worked so hard, and there were a few people that got saved. God really blessed us, and it was fun to see my daughter on stage. Have a great evening!
Tuesday, December 18, 2007
The embers glowed softly, and in their dim light,
I gazed round the room and I cherished the sight.
My wife was asleep, her head on my chest,
My daughter beside me, angelic in rest.
Outside the snow fell, a blanket of white,
Transforming the yard to a winter delight.
The sparkling lights - in the tree I believe,
Completed the magic that was Christmas Eve.
My eyelids were heavy, my breathing was deep,
Secure and surrounded by love I would sleep.
In perfect contentment, or so it would seem,
So I slumbered, perhaps I started to dream.
The sound wasn't loud, and it wasn't too near,
But I opened my eyes when it tickled my ear.
Perhaps just a cough, I didn't quite know,
Then the sure sound of footsteps outside in the snow.
My soul gave a tremble, I struggled to hear,
And I crept to the door just to see who was near.
Standing out in the cold and the dark of the night,
A lone figure stood, his face weary and tight.
A soldier, I puzzled, some twenty years old,
Perhaps a Marine, huddled here in the cold.
Alone in the dark, he looked up and smiled,
Standing watch over me, and my wife and my child.
"What are you doing?", I asked without fear,
"Come in this moment, it's freezing out here.
Put down your pack, brush the snow from your sleeve,
You should be at home on a cold Christmas Eve.
For barely a moment I saw his eyes shift,
Away from the cold and the snow blown in drifts,
To the window that danced with a warm fire's light.
Then he sighed and he said "Its really all right,
I'm out here by choice. I'm here every night."
"It's my duty to stand at the front of the line,
That separates you from the darkest of times.
No one had to ask or beg or implore me."
"I'm proud to stand here like my fathers before me.
My Gramps died at ' Pearl on a day in December,'
Then he sighed, "That's a Christmas 'Gram always remembers."
"My dad stood his watch in the jungles of ' Nam ',
And now it is my turn and so, here I am.
I've not seen my own son in more than a while,
But my wife sends me pictures, he's sure got her smile."
Then he bent and he carefully pulled from his bag,
The red, white, and blue... an American flag.
"I can live through the cold and the being alone,
Away from my family, my house and my home."
"I can stand at my post through the rain and the sleet,
I can sleep in a foxhole with little to eat.
I can carry the weight of killing another,
Or lay down my life with my sister and brother."
Who stand at the front against any and all,
To ensure for all time that this flag will not fall."
"So go back inside," he said, "harbor no fright,
Your family is waiting and I'll be all right."
"But isn't there something I can do, at the least,
"Give you money," I asked, "or prepare you a feast?
It seems all too little for all that you've done,
For being away from your wife and your son."
Then his eye welled a tear that held no regret,
"Just tell us you love us, and never forget.
To fight for our rights back at home while we're gone,
To stand your own watch, no matter how long."
"For when we come home, either standing or dead,
To know you remember we fought and we bled.
Is payment enough, and with that we will trust,
That we mattered to you as you mattered to us."
Monday, December 17, 2007
Sunday, December 16, 2007
When I'm having a rough day, it always helps me to remember that some people have it rougher. These guys make it look easy, but this course is incredibly taxing and will wear you out! I always felt like puking when I was finished. What doesn't kill you makes you stronger. OOH RAH!
I think the Marine Corps has some marketing geniuses working for them. I absolutely love their commercials, and every time I see them I think, "Wow, I didn't know it was that cool to be a Marine!" I really enjoyed some aspects of being in the Corps, but it sure would have been better if they played music like this while you were suffering, because it never seemed that cool at the time.
In a way, this has spiritual application. We can look at the lives of others, and even our own past and see the good that came out of a bad situation and how God worked in the times of hardship. Unfortunately, it's harder to recognize the value of these times when we are knee-deep in them. The next time you are suffering or going through a difficult time, try to think about this commercial and how your hardship may not seem glamorous now, but you will look back on it and see the good that came from it if you endure.
Saturday, December 15, 2007
Friday, December 14, 2007
Thursday, December 13, 2007
Sunday, December 9, 2007
The concept of earning money through advertising revenue and e-commerce is especially cool because you don't have to work regular hours. You can update your site whenever you want and have a company like American Solutions for Business handle all your product shipping and order taking. My friend, Paul Phillips works there and says that they create e-commerce websites for companies all the time. They will create the product you want, warehouse it for you, take the orders from your customers off the website they created for you, ship the order to the customer, and send you your portion of the money. All you have to do is get traffic to your site!
I'm actually going to be purchasing Adobe CS3 Design Premium because I want to take my web presence to a new level and see if I can use it as my primary source of income. I suspect that between advertising revenue, e-commerce, and free lance writing jobs I could make quite a bit of money. We'll find out!
Update: There are still some issues I have to figure out with regards to permissions, so you may not be able to post just yet. I'll let you know...
Saturday, December 8, 2007
Friday, December 7, 2007
Thursday, December 6, 2007
Wednesday, December 5, 2007
Monday, December 3, 2007
Ever since I turned it on, you all have avoided me like the plague. That's okay though, I can take a hint. Because I encourage dialogue, I'm going to run the risk of people like the guy who cussed at me commenting here by opening it up to whoever feels like stepping up.
So there you have it! Comment away!!!
Sunday, December 2, 2007
Saturday, December 1, 2007
There are still a lot of mortgages out there for first time home buyers, so if you are planning on moving from that apartment or condo (like we did) and are looking for cheap mortgages, the internet and/or a trustworthy mortgage broker is a good place to start. God really spared us from the current fiasco by providing us with a 40 year fixed, 10 year interest only mortgage (we got the ACORN loan through B of A). If I was in an ARM right now, I would be up a creek without a paddle.
When it comes to finances, a Christian must always remember to put God first in any decision. If you make sure you bathe it in prayer, my experience is that He will help you avoid the landmines that riddle the world of money. Remember, honor God with the first fruits and let Him bless you out of His bounty. buy to let mortgages ~This post is sponsored~